What is the procedure for a wisdom tooth extraction?
Before removing a wisdom tooth, Dr. Chen will place you under IV sedation to precisely control the amount of medication. With the IV sedation, you will have a comfortable surgery experience. It will prevent pain in the whole body and will cause you to sleep through the procedure.
To remove the wisdom tooth, Dr. Chen will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He will separate the tissue connecting the wisdom tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth.
After the wisdom tooth is removed, you may need stitches. The stitches dissolve over time. A folded cotton gauze pad placed over the area will help stop bleeding. A ride will need to be arranged following the wisdom tooth extraction.
What preparations are necessary before the procedure?
If any infections are present, surgery will be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Dr. Chen may prescribe antibiotics to help heal the infection.
Dr. Chen will also recommend that no food or drink should be consumed after midnight on the night before the surgery in preparation for the sedation.